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The Secret Life of Sam


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The timelessness of Bridge to Terabithia meets the wonder of Big Fish in this bittersweet, magical story, perfect for fans of Barbara O’Connor, Lisa Graff, and Dan Gemeinhart.


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The Secret Life of Sam

By Kimberly Ventrella

Published by Harper Collins

ISBN 978-006294118-3

Ages 9-13

How far would you go to be with the people you love—even after they’re gone? After Sam’s dad dies in a car accident, he’s shuttled off to the dusty town of Holler, Oklahoma to live with a long-lost aunt. He hates everything about Holler, with its empty fields and dead grass, until he encounters a strangely familiar cat who leads him to a mysterious tree—a portal through which Sam can revisit his old life for a few minutes at a time, and be with Pa once more. Sam’s visits to the bayou become stranger and stranger. Pa’s old stories unfold around him in beautiful but sinister detail, and Pa is not quite himself. Still, Sam is desperate to find a way for them to stay together—until he learns the bittersweet lesson that some times loving someone means having to say goodbye.


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KIM VENTRELLA is the author of THE SECRET LIFE OF SAMHELLO, FUTURE MEBONE HOLLOW and SKELETON TREE. Her works explore difficult topics with big doses of humor, whimsy and hope. Kim has held a variety of interesting jobs, including children’s librarian, scare actor, Peace Corps volunteer, French instructor and overnight staff person at a women’s shelter, but her favorite job title is author. She lives in Oklahoma City with her dog and co-writer, Hera. Find out more at https://kimventrella.com/or follow Kim on Twitter and Instagram (@kimventrella).Instagram.

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